'Has anyone checked their wheat fields for Theresa May?' - How Twitter reacted to shock Exit Poll results
The Exit Poll was released at 10pm and it was met with a mixture of shock, applause and revulsion online.
The exit poll predicted Theresa May's Conservative party would not win a majority of the 650 seats in parliament to take office alone, meaning she would have to form a coalition or attempt to govern with the backing of other smaller parties.
The Conservatives are predicted to win 314 seats and the Labour Party 266, meaning no clear winner and a "hung parliament". May had been expected to win comfortably.
Most people were utterly shocked at the poll:
Response to #GE2017 exit poll by emoticon— Adrian Kavanagh (@AdrianKavanagh) June 8, 2017
My need for sleep
This election is a rejection of May and hard Brexit. A vote for one to go and the other to be revisited.— Alastair Campbell (@campbellclaret) June 8, 2017
Corbyn trampled on May's vote like she did on defenceless grain fields— Philip Ryan (@Philip_Ryan) June 8, 2017
Political blogger urged some caution to those online rushing to crown Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister:
N.B. At this time on June 23, 2016 Nigel Farage conceded that Remain had won...— Guido Fawkes (@GuidoFawkes) June 8, 2017
Exit polls, aye. I remember going to bed when Hillary Clinton was president and Britain was staying in the EU. Best wait and see #GE2017— Cahair O'Kane (@CahairOKane1) June 8, 2017
The joy that some showed was quickly replaced with the realisation that Boris Johnson could now become the next Conservatives leader and possibly Prime Minister:
People saying a plausible outcome to all this might be Boris as PM pic.twitter.com/SuV5IiTHPj— Graham Linehan (@Glinner) June 8, 2017
Disaster for Theresa May— Philip Boucher-Hayes (@boucherhayes) June 8, 2017
Can I be the first to use the words: Prime Minister Boris Johnson#GE2017
And more predicted that the Northern Ireland parties, especially Sinn Féin may play a large role before the night is out:
England may suddenly remember northern Ireland exists— Eoin Daly (@eoinmauricedaly) June 8, 2017
I'm hoping for Boris as PM in coalition with Sinn Féin— Rubber Bandits (@Rubberbandits) June 8, 2017
Sinn Fein press office pic.twitter.com/ajfUH6Uv68— Ellen Coyne (@ellenmcoyne) June 8, 2017
If Corbyn scrapes together a coalition and it is Sinn Fein seats that swing it I don't think I would ever stop laughing.— Jon Sands (@jabesands67) June 8, 2017
News that up to 70 per cent of young voters cast their ballots has been welcomed: